Keeping Students Connected During Isolation

Published on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #64 While schools remain closed for the foreseeable future, our options are either continue educating students through distance learning or not educate students at all and potentially face further academic regression. Though distance learning comes with a plethora of disadvantages, it is necessary if we wish to continue educating students and flatten […]

How to Study for Standardized Tests at Home

Published on Thursday, April 9th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #63 This is a period of adapting: adapting how we interact, how we teach, and how we learn. With standardized testing being pushed back to June, students are going to have to prepare for their tests from home. Many students are finding that studying from home comes with a multitude of challenges […]

8 Great Distance Learning Tools

Published on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #62 Having to face the challenge of quickly adapting educational practices due to COVID-19 comes with a myriad of questions and stresses. One of the biggest struggles is finding and implementing digital, distance learning solutions ASAP. Traditional, face-to-face education will resume at some point, but no one knows when this will be. […]

Standardized Tests and the Coronavirus

Published on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #61 The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is sweeping the nation. As cases for COVID-19 top 125,000+ globally, a pandemic has been officially declared. In a dire effort to stop the spread of the virus, precautionary measures and closures have gone into effect across the U.S. Until the virus slows, schools in affected areas […]

Breaking the Mold of SAT Test Prep

Published on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #60 We are frequently asked: “Test prep teaches kids how to take a test, but is it really helping them get ready for college?” More an accusation than a question, wouldn’t you say? Sure, being proficient at taking standardized tests will serve students well throughout life, but there is a lot more […]

I Could Lie or Tell You Reading Is Important

Published on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #59 We often tell students, “Readers are leaders,” but does this really get students to read on their own? Many students read to escape, to take a mental respite from the stress of everyday life, or simply because they enjoy diving into a good book. But some students just do not find […]

How to Instill a Healthy Testing Culture

Published on Monday, February 24th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #58 A healthy testing culture is always desired, but often tricky to achieve. Testing often feels like the bane of existence for educators, primarily due to the significance of standardized testing in today’s academic landscape. Since test scores are linked to school performance and teacher evaluations, this can lead to high pressure […]

Learn How to Spot the Signs of Test Anxiety

Published on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #57 Breathe in…breathe out… Anxiety, in its many different forms, affects us all, but some more than others. Since there are many different types of anxiety, it is often very challenging to detect it in the classroom. Maybe you have students who go to class every day, participate in lectures, and do […]

What Students Need to Know About AP Courses

Published on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #56 Do you have students debating whether they should enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) courses next year? If so, this is the Chalk Talk for them! AP courses are meant to give high school students a taste of college-level work, but not every student is prepared for that kind of academic rigor […]

11 Scholar Tips for Scholarships

Published on Thursday, February 6th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #55 11 Scholar Tips for Scholarships It’s no secret that college can be very expensive. That’s why many students depend on gathering different sources of financial aid—such as grants, loans, and scholarships—to attend college. Scholarships are a great form of financial aid because they do not have to be repaid; however, they […]